SL must give firm message on future plans – EU Delegation

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In order to get assistance from the international community, Sri Lanka needs to give a firm message about the future plans of building the country’s economy, the European Union (EU) delegation that met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday (24), pointed out.

They told the President to consider European countries as friends of Sri Lanka. Ambassadors of the European Countries have assured their countries’ continuous support to Sri Lanka at this challenging time.

These remarks were made by European Ambassadors when they met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo.

Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s population lives in rural areas and 75 per cent of those people depend on agriculture. The President said that by providing them with the required fertiliser and fuel, many problems as well as the issues related to the supply of food could be solved.

Steps have been taken to provide uncultivated government lands to those interested in agriculture as a solution to the land issue. President Rajapaksa explained to the Ambassadors the initiatives launched by the Government, to provide a lasting solution, considering the humanitarian situation that has arisen after the war as well as the fair manner maintained in the process of enforcing law without any party affiliation and interference.

A number of areas, including investment, tourism and education, were discussed at length. EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Denis Chaibi , Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Rita Mannella, Ambassador of Italy, Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Trine Jøranli Eskedal, Tanja Gonggrijp , Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany Holger Lothar Seubert, Victor Chiujdea, Ambassador of Romania, Ambassador of Türkiye Rakibe Şekercioğlu, Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dominik Furgler, Chief of Staff to the President Anura Dissanayake and Admiral Jayanath Colombage were also present at this discussion.